THE NATION HAS THE RIGHT TO SAY
Addressing to people in Aydin, the hometown of Adnan Menderes, who was executed by hanging, Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan defied High Court threat of the opposition.
Erdogan said, "the mentality which sent Menderes to gallows is on the job again. We have only one life and nobody but God can take it."
FULL GENERAL ISIK GIVES PETITION FOR RETIREMENT
Following decision of General Atila Isik to retire, number two chair of the Turkish Armed Forces remained vacant. President Abdullah Gul invited General Kosaner, expected to be appointed as Chief of General Staff, and discussed surprise decision for retirement.
Name of Full General Necdet Ozel, who was appointed as Gendarmerie General Commander, was mentioned to become land forces commander.
HISTORIC PROFIT FROM TURKCELL IN SECOND QUARTER
Turkcell, which accelerated investments in crisis, posted 422 million TL (approx. 281.3 million USD) as net profit in the second quarter of 2010.
In a press conference held, Turkcell said that the company's income in the second quarter of 2010 increased by 1.7 percent when compared to the same term last year and reached 2.24 billion TL (approx. 1.49 billion USD).
FENERBAHCE LOSES 12.1 MLN EUROS
Turkey's Fenerbahce soccer club will not be able to receive 12.1 million euros in premiums and income from broadcasting of its games after being eliminated in the third round of the European Champions League. The stocks of Fenerbahce dropped by 5.4 percent at the Istanbul Stock Exchange on Thursday.
TURKISH AIRLINES & ONUR AIR OFFER SPECIAL PRICES DURING RAMADAN
Turkish Airlines (THY) and Onur Air will provide special discounts on ticket fares during the holy month of Ramadan. Most flights of THY will take place for 94 TL, including taxes. Most of domestic destinations on Onur Air will cost only 49 TL. The discounts will be effective between August 11 and September 3.
FOUR STAR CHESS
After Gen. Hasan Igsiz, First Army Commander was vetoed, Gendarmerie Commander Gen. Atila Isik, expected to be appointed as the Land Forces Commander, called for his retirement.
A vacant position in command "scheme" appeared when Chief of General Staff. Gen. Ilker Basbug did not propose a new name. The knot will be untied with the new Chief of General Staff.
Israel delivered three Turkish ships which it raided and seized on May 31. The ships were carrying humanitarian assistance to Gaza.
Mavi Marmara, Defne and Gaza set sail to Turkey.
Ankara said the delivery was not adequate, and insisted on apology and compensation.
CANKAYA PALACE REQUESTS "CALMNESS" FROM ALL
Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) has not given a new name for the post of land forces commander after Gen. Hasan Igsiz was vetoed. Gen. Atilla Isik, who was being considered for the position of land forces commander, filed for his retirement yesterday (Thursday). President Abdullah Gul called Gen. Isik Kosaner to the Cankaya Palace and asked for "calmness" from all involved in the appointment process.
ATATURK AIRPORT EUROPE'S NINTH BIGGEST BASED ON NUMBER OF PASSENGERS
The increase in the number of foreign tourists visiting Turkey continued in July. In the first seven months of 2010, 12,348,533 tourists used Turkish airports. Based on the number of passengers hosted, Turkey's Ataturk Airport in Istanbul became Europe's ninth biggest airport.
SURPRISE MOVE FROM ISIK
Stones have changed places in the Turkish Armed Forces (TSK) after the Turkish government vetoed the appointment of First Army Commander Gen. Hasan Igsiz to the post of Land Forces Commander. Commander of the Gendarmerie Gen. Atilla Isik, who was expected to become the new Land Forces Commander, filed for his retirement on Thursday. Following Gen. Isik's request for retirement, Land Forces Commander Gen. Isik Kosaner came together with President Abdullah Gul at the Cankaya Presidential Palace on Thursday.
CLASH IN AGRI: 1 SOLDIER KILLED
In a clash between Turkish security forces and terrorists in Dogubeyazit town of eastern province of Agri on Thursday, one Turkish soldier was killed. In separate clashes in Dicle town of south-eastern province of Diyarbakir and Caldiran town of eastern province of Van, one Turkish soldier and two police officers were wounded. Six terrorists were killed in these towns.
WE HAVE FULFILLED WHAT HAS BEEN STATED IN CONSTITUTION
Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan commented on the crisis which occurred in Supreme Military Council meeting. He said they had fulfilled what has been stated in the Constitution.
Erdogan said sneaky politics like those that had happened before May 27, were put into action. "They accuse us for civilian dictatorship like the Democrat Party (DP). Some recall fate of Adnan Menderes to us. Republican People's Party (CHP) and Nationalist Movement Party (MHP) talk about high court. I am not afraid of the high court."
Responding to the criticisms that occurred during Supreme Military Council meeting, Erdogan said, "nobody should drag us to trap. Nobody should be in an effort to create tension between the Armed Forces and the government. We have fulfilled what has been determined in the Constitution regarding the institutions."
HISTORICAL DICE IN AGRI
A 2,600 year old dice was found in a castle in eastern province of Agri. The dice dates from Urartians. Thus, history of the games changed.
APPLAUSE TO PROF. AKKAYA FROM BILKENT UNIVERSITY
Professor Engin Umut Akkaya, a scholar at the Chemistry Department of the Bilkent University in Ankara, developed nano-smart molecules that is capable of making basic arithmetic operations through chemical reactions.
The invention is a milestone towards developing computers incorporating processors made of nano-molecules.
CHIEF OF GENERAL STAFF MAY BE A SURPRISE NAME
The decisions taken at painful Supreme Military Council (YAS) meeting were announced yesterday night. The uncertainty for the top two posts remains. General Atilla Isik, the current Commander of Turkish Gendarmerie, was expeced to become the new Commander of the Land Forces but he chose to retire a year early. All plans have changed with Isik's call for retirement. Different scenarios are being discussed for the new Chief of Turkish General Staff as well as for the new Commander of the Land Forces.
ISRAEL SENDS BACK "MAVI MARMARA"
The "Mavi Marmara" aid ship left the Haifa port on Thursday and is on its way to Turkey. Nine people, including eight Turkish and one U.S. citizen of Turkish descent, were killed when Israeli forces raided a Gaza-bound aid flotilla on May 31. Around 30 people were wounded in the attack. Turkey sent three tugboats to tug the three Turkish aid ships which were seized by Israel on May 31. Israeli Foreign Ministry sent a letter to Turkey and requested that no similar ships be sent to Gaza.
ISIK LEAVES, ALL ACCOUNTS DISRUPTED
Following government's veto of Gen. Hasan Igsiz, Atila Isik, the strongest candidate to become land forces commander, asked for his retirement. Thus, the crisis gained a different dimension.
It may be said that Isik, who wanted to retire, relayed two messages. His individual message is that Isik would not accept post of his classmate Hasan Igsiz, and his institutional message is, "the post is not important for us".
Meanwhile, Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug in principle is not expected to offer another name as the land forces commander.
NIGHT OF VICTORY
An excellent result from Galatasaray and Besiktas soccer teams of Turkey. Galatasaray defeated Serbia's OFK Belgrade 5-1 in an away game in the Europa League 3rd qualifying round second leg. Galatasaray drew 2-2 with OFK Belgrade in the first match in Istanbul. Galatasaray qualified for play-off.
Turkish soccer team Besiktas defeated Czech Viktoria Plzen 3-0 in the second leg of the Europa League third qualifying round in Istanbul on Thursday.
Besiktas qualified for play-off.
BASBUG EVEN PROPOSED SUBSTITUTION
As the crisis in appointment to land forces command could not be overcome, Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug proposed substitution formula, but it was not accepted.
As a consensus could not be reached at the Supreme Military Council meeting in appointment to Land Forces Command, Gen. Basbug made a first in history of Turkish Armed Forces and proposed Gen. Hasan Igsiz's appointment as "substitute commander".
In Supreme Military Council, 11 lieutenant generals competed to become full generals in land forces command. Prime Minister Recep Tayyip Erdogan used his vote for Lieutenant General Servet Yoruk, who had important success in dealing with terrorism, and lieutenant general Yalcin Ataman. General Staff proposed different names. Yoruk and Ataman, who Erdogan preferred, were promoted as full general.
AND FULL GENERAL ISIK CALLS FOR HIS RETIREMENT
Full General Atila Isik, whose name was mentioned to become land forces commander, asked for his retirement.
Gen. Isik made his decision after meeting with Chief of General Staff Gen. Ilker Basbug and full general Hasan Igsiz.
The government has the right not to accept the retirement.